This December, free man presents American Art Week, a unique opportunity for collectors with three consecutive sales of American paintings, prints, sculptures and works on paper. American and Impressionist Art from Pennsylvania with the Virginia and Stuart Peltz Collection starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday 5 December, followed by Simply American: Fine Art from a Private Texas Collection and Collecting: American Art start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, on Tuesday, December 7.
During American Art Week, Freeman’s offers fine 19th century selections with paintings by Albert Bierstadt and George Inness; Illustration art with Stevan Dohanos, James Philip Falter and Jessie Willcox Smith; works by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth; an oil by famous folk artist Grandma Moses; and leading artists from the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania area, including Robert Kulicke, Hobson Pittman, Arthur Beecher Carles, and Pennsylvania Impressionists Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, and Fern Coppedge, among others. Over the past three years, Freeman’s has sold over $ 20 million in sole proprietorship sales alone, beating presale estimates by 168%. With each sale containing a sole proprietorship collection, Freeman’s continues to provide buyers with focused, narrative collections and deliver great results on behalf of clients.
The Collection of Virginie and Stuart Peltz, featured in Freeman’s Dec. 5 auction, is an esteemed collection of paintings by Pennsylvania’s leading Impressionists purchased by collectors long before the market rose. Sixteen of these works, never before auctioned, will be offered at Freeman, including Garber’s vast landscape on the Delaware River Up the River, Winter (estimate: $ 150,000-250,000) and River Road at Center Bridge, a monumental canvas by Kenneth Nunamaker (estimate: $ 60,000 – $ 100,000). A rare copy of Morgan Colt’s work, The Butcher Wagon, will also be on offer (estimate: $ 40,000-60,000), as well as Mother and Daughter, a touching portrait of the artist’s wife and their first daughter. by John Folinsbee (estimate: $ 10,000 – 15,000). The December 5 sale will also feature works by leading American artists, including Saltwater Ice by Jamie Wyeth (estimate: $ 200,000-300,000) and The Johnson Place by his father Andrew (estimate: $ 40,000-60,000 ), which had been in place for a long time – on loan at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Freeman’s will feature important sculptural works, such as the elegant bronze Spirit of the Dance by William Zorach (estimate: 100,000-150,000) and two sculptures by Donald De Lue, as well as landscapes such as Estes Park Morning, Colorado by Albert Bierstadt (estimate: $ 30,000-50,000), and portraits like Angela of the Philadelphia painter Arthur Beecher Carles (estimate: $ 20,000-30,000).
Highlights of Simply American: Fine Art from a Private Texas Collection include A Winter Day (The Old Bridge – Richmond, Vermont) by revered folk artist Grandma Moses (estimate: $ 25,000-40,000), The Autumn Hills by Bruce Crane (estimate: $ 15,000-25,000) and Winter in the Country, A Cold Morning by George Henry Durrie (estimate: $ 20,000-30,000). Fine examples of Western art will also be on offer, including three paintings by Charlie Dye, including The Scouts (estimate: $ 6,000 to $ 10,000), as well as the portrait of a Native American chief by Edgar Samuel Paxson (estimate: 8 000 to $ 12,000). Some of the grandiose landscapes of the 19th century include Arkville, New York by Alexander Helwig Wyant (estimate: $ 10,000 -15,000) and Young Girl Feeding Her Dog by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (estimate: $ 10,000-$ 15,000).
Collecting: American Art is run by a sole proprietorship section featuring illustrations from a private California collection, including four oils by Bruce Kurland, whose work rarely goes up for auction. The collection also includes two quintessential fishing scenes, Frank B. Hoffman’s Trout Fisherman (estimate: $ 6,000 to $ 10,000) and Oliver Kemp’s Untitled (Fishing) (estimate: $ 5,000 to $ 8,000). The December 7 sale also includes four watercolor Christmas cards by Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth (estimate: $ 4,000 to $ 6,000), an elegant watercolor by Harry Leith-Ross and several works by prominent artists based in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, from Robert Kulicke’s Carnations (estimate: $ 5,000 to $ 8,000) to Still Life with Poppies by Hobson Pittman (estimate: $ 3,000 to $ 5,000) and on the New York Stock Exchange by Christopher Willett (estimate : $ 1,500 to $ 2,500).